Adam Lindsay Gordon
1833 - 1870
Adam Lindsay Gordon's grave
at Brighton Cemetery
DIED JUNE 24. 1870
AGED 37 YEARS
QUESTION NOT, BUT LIVE AND LABOUR
TILL YON GOAL BE WON;
HELPING EVERY FEEBLE NEIGHBOUR,
SEEKING HELP FROM NONE.
LIFE IS MAINLY FROTH AND BUBBLE
TWO THINGS STAND LIKE STONE -
KINDNESS IN ANOTHER'S TROUBLE.
COURAGE IN YOUR OWN.
YE WEARIE WAYFARER
On the three remaining sides of the monument are the following inscriptions:
ADAM LINDSAY GORDON
POET AND HORSEMAN
TETHERED HIS HORSE TO THIS HITCHING POST
DURING HIS RESIDENCE IN BRIGHTON 1869-70
A SHINING SOUL WITH SYLLABLES OF FIRE
WHO SANG THE FIRST GREAT SONGS
THESE LANDS CAN CLAIM
PRESERVED AND DEDICATED
TO HIS MEMORY BY
THE UNITED LICENSED VICTUALLERS ASSOCIATION
20TH OCTOBER 1945
In additions to the monuments above, other tributes to Gordon can be found around Victoria and beyond.
- On the highway near Coleraine Race Track is a monument commemorating Gordon's participation as a jockey there.
- The Ballarat Botanical Gardens
preserves his cottage (shifted from Bath Street)
- In 2002 the Royal Grammar School Worcester, England opened a new building called
Gordon House to celebrate 150 years since A L Gordon was at the school.
- And, of course, he is still the only Australian poet to have a bust in
Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey in London.
The bust was placed there in 1934.